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Apr 18, 2013 8:39 AM by AP

Mandeville woman gets 18 months for tax evasion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 56-year-old Mandeville woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for pleading guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boenta (BEN-tay) said Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt also ordered Melody Huie to pay $1.37 million to a transportation company in New Orleans where she worked as general manager for accounting.

Prosecutors say Huie embezzled money at least 114 times between November 2006 and September 2011. She then failed to report the stolen money as taxable income. As a result, she failed to pay income tax in the amount of $446,983.

Engelhardt also ordered Huie to reimburse the IRS and placed her on three years of supervised release, the first six months of which are to be spent on home confinement.

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